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Thursday, 1 April 2004

I'm not your "nigga"
I have been asked why it's perfectly acceptable for a black person to use "The N word" in a fraternal manner, but it's not acceptable for a white person to do so.

In the 10 years or so that I have been pondering this, I am no closer to an answer today than I was then.

My political awakening came in my late teens. That was also when I stopped calling other black men nigger fraternally.

I've heard people talk about empowerment disempowerment, taking a word that is intended to be hurtful and making it your own; thereby robbing that word and those who use it of power. That theory makes sense to me, but the people doing it are not the type of people who'd be politically aware enough to know that's what they are doing.

To think of what that word means only leaves me with the question "Why would I use that word towards someone I like?" I can't answer that question. I've never been able to. I don't know if I ever will be able to.

As I have more thoughts on this subject, I will expand upon them.

Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 3:35 PM EST
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